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Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Real Estate Law
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I have an offer in to purchase 2.63 acres but title search

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I have an offer in to purchase 2.63 acres but title search revealed owner had bankruptcy several years ago and a car company placed a lien on his land for 12,500.00. He does not have money to pay this off but wants me to give him $200.00 to satisfy the lien and then do a deal where he will get 11,800.00 and he says the car company will get the 200.00 and the lien will be lifted--our real estate rep says she will not be involved in this deal.......can you help me on this?
JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Tennessee
JA: Has any paperwork been filed?
Customer: yes, this is a court ordered judgement from the car company
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no, I just feel this deal might be suspicious and I could be left with having to pay the entire lien because this is not being honest about anything....
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.

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This seems very suspicious. Liens do not work that way. Essentially, someone has to pay the car company either the whole amount, or, whatever they will accept to take the lien off.

If he can get the money, then why does he simply not pay them off? What he is proposing makes no sense at all, and you will be stuck with the lien. This is what the real estate agent is not interested in being involved - this is a shady deal which will leave you stuck with the lien, and looking for someone to blame.

I would consider avoiding this matter until the lien is LIFTED. Otherwise, you will not get clear title for the property.

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